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The Intimate Circle in Contemporary Czech Photography

Vnitřní okruh v současné české fotografii

The Intimate Circle in Contemporary Czech Photography
Author: Vladimír Birgus
Category:Books, Photography, Art
Language: English and Czech
Translation: Derek Paton, Marzia Paton
Page count: 192
Binding: Pbk
ISBN: 978-80-7437-099-1
EAN: 9788074370991
Date: 2013
Issue number: 1
Price: 39 EUR
Size: 28 x 24 cm
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This book, The Intimate Circle in Contemporary Czech Photography, accompanies an exhibition of the same name, held by the City Gallery Prague (and later by the House of Art, Bratislava, and the Olomouc Museum of Art), presenting a considerable part of contemporary Czech photographic works on the themes of self-reflection, introspection, intimacy, the family, and the things and people nearest and dearest to the photographers. Whereas in America, Western Europe, and Japan, photographers have long shown in their works even the most intimate moments of their lives and the lives of their families and friends, in Czech photography this sort of open self-reflective photograph or photo diary has until recently been rather rare. But things have begun to change radically in recent years. The natural inclination to define oneself against the previous generation (whose members had spent part of their lives under a prudish, hypocritical Communist régime, and did not dare to reveal in their work anything of their private lives), the search for something to hold on to in uncertain times, the breaking of most taboos, an effort to understand themselves as well as possible, and a growing willingness to expose at least part of their private lives have helped to keep the imaginary boundary between the private and the public continuously shifting. In the Czech Republic, photographs with intimate and introspective topics have now become highly popular, particularly among members of the young and middle generations.
The fifty exhibiting photographers cover a broad generational span, which includes both classic photographers and visual artists working with the medium of photography, established artists of international renown as well as students and recent graduates of many art schools. Each of them has written a short piece related to their own exhibited works, providing insight into the circumstances in which the works were made.